Followed by Covid Vaccination Programme in UK this year, Canada kickstarts its vaccination programme on Monday. The frontline healthcare workers and elderly nursing home residents have been given utmost priority over others. Canada becomes the third nation in the world to start its covid vaccination programme by administering Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine.
Anita Quidangen becomes the first person to receive the first shots of Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine in Canada. This vaccination process went live on TV nearly watched by everyone. She is the personal support worker at the Rekai Centre said that she is excited to receive the first shot of the vaccine. Healthcare workers, nurses and staff applauded after she has been administered with the vaccine.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that it was huge relief he felt after the vaccine programme has finally started. He said that he’s not in a hurry to get his first vaccine shot. He added, “It’s a great relief. Clearly, it may only be the beginning of the end but we sense nevertheless that there will be an end to this pandemic.”
Anita Quidangen, a personal support worker in Toronto, was one of the first people in Canada to be given Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. This is a big step forward in our fight against the virus, but we’re not out of the woods yet. pic.twitter.com/BCEkdoBWqy
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) December 15, 2020
He told French Broadcaster Radio Canada, “We obviously have to give priority to the most vulnerable but the second I have a chance – like all healthy adults – I will do so very visibly and with enthusiasm.”
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said, “It’s really good news for Canada. It’s really good news for Quebec.” Some 150 residents are ready to receive shots at Maimonides on Monday and 50,000 people will be vaccinated in Quebec by Jan 4, Quebec Health Minister Christian Dube said.